Topic: northwest territories

Northern air traffic controllers join cross-border pizza party

Workers with the air traffic control towers in Yellowknife and Whitehorse treated controllers in Juneau and Fairbanks, Alaska, to some Italian fare.

Meet 'Creepy Baby' in N.W.T.'s newest cannabis education campaign

The comics are created in conjunction with the app Zappar. By downloading the app and pointing it at the poster, people can see and hear the comic.

Owl vs. raven: angry birds brawl in Fort Chipewyan, Alta.

There’s a war brewing in Fort Chipewyan’s avian community. A video captured earlier this week shows a raven and a snowy owl wrestling and fighting in front of the nursing station.

RCMP officer's hat returned to Surrey 45 years after his death

If you’re a collector of police memorabilia, finding an RCMP Stetson at a flea market in Hamburg, Germany is kind of like finding an original Monet at a yard sale.

Inuvik gets arts and crafts manufacturing centre and solar panels

Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod was in Inuvik on Friday to promote two initiatives that recently got federal money: an arts and crafts micro-manufacturing centre and a solar panel project.

Frustration mounts as Enterprise pellet mill held up over development permit

While 320 hectares of land near Enterprise, N.W.T. remains covered in snow, the CEO of a proposed multimillion-dollar wood pellet plant is growing increasingly frustrated by its most recent delay.

N.W.T community leaders seek clarity on how to enforce cannabis laws

'We really have to educate ourselves first before we deal with or take any action to the community,' said the mayor of Paulatuk, Raymond Ruben Sr.

7 people in the running for Inuvialuit Regional Corporation chair

An all-candidate forum is scheduled for Jan. 28, and the election will take place the next day in Inuvik at the Midnight Sun Complex.

Why aren't more women in politics? N.W.T. committee discusses

Women met in Detah Wednesday night to discuss the barriers keeping them from entering politics and, ultimately, the territory's legislative assembly.

Tyler Cayen sentenced to 2 years for his part in killing of Hay River man

Alexander Norwegian is a cousin to Tyler Cayen, one of the men responsible for his death, NWT Supreme Court heard on Thursday.

Fortified Arctic infrastructure needed in face of climate change, says study

Research suggests climate change is going to cause more damage to roads and other infrastructure in Canada's North than previously feared. The study has major implications for construction in the North.

Hay River Health and Social Services Authority bargaining team relieved of duties

The bargaining team that represents the unionized employees of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority say they have been relieved of their duties, and a strike vote scheduled for today has been cancelled.

Potential class action against Calgary lawyer seeks millions for 're-victimized' residential school survivors

A hearing date has been set for certification of a class action lawsuit representing thousands of residential school survivors who are seeking tens of millions of dollars in compensation.
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Why Yellowknife's home values jumped, and what it means for your tax bill

Residential property assessments in Yellowknife could increase an average of 15 to 20 per cent in the 2019 tax year, but don't panic: that doesn't necessarily mean that your tax bill is about to skyrocket.

Victim of fatal snowmobile crash near Yellowknife identified as father of twins

Sgt. Jeffrey Lindsay of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group was a father of two boys. He died in a snowmobile accident on Reid Lake, Saturday.

Missing snowmobiler call was a 'false report,' says RCMP

Just before midnight on Jan. 7, Hay River RCMP received a call from someone who identified themselves as Shawn Lafferty, 20, and said that they were lost. That was a false report, police now say.

Former Hay River doctor denied peace bond in aftermath of 2016 affair

A judge denied a peace bond application on Monday to a well-known doctor from Hay River who was born and raised in the community, but has since moved south.
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'Essential to our way of living': N.W.T. woman launches Water is Life photo project

A Yellowknife woman is using a series of portraits to show solidarity with members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation opposing a pipeline on their traditional territory and water protectors across the country through her new photo project, 'Water is Life.'
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Sahtu Dene and Métis sign self-governance agreement in principle, a 1st for Métis in Canada

Dene and Métis in Norman Wells, N.W.T., are one step closer to reaching a final agreement for self-governance after signing today's agreement in principle.

Space travel and parallel dimensions: Popular comic series does all-Indigenous futurisms volume

Stories focused on the theme of Indigenous Futurisms by Indigenous authors and artists will make up the third instalment of the award-winning comic collection series, Moonshot.

Investigators hired to look into dumped medical records

Investigators hired by the N.W.T.'s health department are looking into how hundreds of health records wound up in the dump in Fort Simpson, N.W.T.

Police looking for suspect after armed robbery at Yellowknife gas station

RCMP are looking for a man after an armed robbery at Mac's Convenience Store on Forrest Drive early Monday morning.

Federal gov't investing $300K in Dene job creation pilot project

Marc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the minister of crown-Indigenous relations, announced $300,000 in funding to develop a skilled workforce.

Northwest Territories considers following prairie trend for mandatory truck driver training

The N.W.T. government has proposed new mandatory training for some Northwest Territories truck drivers, something that could increase fees for customers, according to a local business owner.

Geared up for fun: kids in Behchoko all smiles after $150K sporting goods donation

Kids in Behchoko are excited after getting a huge donation of sporting equipment worth about $150,000.

UN committee warns that Site C dam may violate Indigenous rights agreement

The UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says Canada may have already violated an agreement it signed 50 years ago. That agreement commits Canada to prevent development on Indigenous land without adequate consultation.

Polytechnic university in Yellowknife could cost $80M: report

A polytechnic university in Yellowknife could cost up to $80 million to build, but according to a university feasibility study commissioned by Yellowknife city council, the investment is worth it.

Man charged after stabbing in Yellowknife home

A 25-year-old man was arrested and charged after a man was stabbed in a Yellowknife home Saturday.

Yellowknife man dies after snowmobile crash

The 46-year-old was thrown from his vehicle after he struck a snow covered rock near Reid Lake Saturday night.

Hay River man sentenced to 2 years for raping 13-year-old

Court heard the 13-year-old victim has 'struggled with her mental health and has been suicidal' since the assault in 2017.

Most N.W.T. teens still not practising safe sex: survey

Most sexually active teenagers in the Northwest Territories do not use condoms regularly.

Canada, First Nations express concern over U.S. Arctic drilling plans

The Canadian government, two territories and several First Nations are expressing concerns to the United States over plans to open the calving grounds of a large cross-border caribou herd to energy drilling, despite international agreements to protect it.
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Your North: Best reader photos for weeks of Dec. 31, Jan. 7

With a new year comes new photos, and the first batch of your best Northern user-submitted shots of 2019 do not disappoint.

Truck stuck in Yellowknife finally returned to owner in Fort Good Hope 1 year later

It’s been almost an entire year since Charlie Kochon brought his truck from Fort Good Hope to Yellowknife for repairs. And this week he finally got it back.

From waistlines to wallets, northerners share why they participate in dry January

Several northerners have challenged themselves to do a dry January. They say abstaining from alcohol for 31 days can have many benefits, along with some challenges.

N.W.T. residents could soon qualify for 'domestic violence leave'

Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act would allow employees in the Northwest Territories to take leave from work if they are experiencing domestic violence.

Documentary shows youth leadership on rigorous Canol Heritage Trail trek

Nicholas Castel directed the documentary In the Footsteps of our Ancestors, which is screening in the Northwest Territories for the first time this month.

Seafood and meat truck that drove from Edmonton to Inuvik drawing big crowds

Monday was Greg Wade’s first day in Inuvik with his High Arctic Seafoods and Steaks Ltd. van, and he already was selling out of items.

Gwich'in Tribal Council vice-president optimistic after forum with PM

Jordan Peterson says his organization receives $700,000 in annual federal funding to implement its land claim. He said it actually costs the council closer to $3 million each year.

RCMP locate missing man last seen in Yellowknife

Yellowknife RCMP say they have located 67-year-old Leon Bonnetrouge. RCMP thanked the public for their assistance in finding Bonnetrouge, in an update on Friday night.

Federal watchdog says 4-year-old victims rights regime falling short

The new federal watchdog for victims of crime says rules meant to give victims and their families louder voices in the justice system have fallen short.

School replacement could displace more than J.H. Sissons students, says board

'Unless this draft changes, William McDonald school is destroyed,' said Leanne Dragon, parent-council chair for that school.

Detah ice road ties record for latest opening

The ice road between Detah and Yellowknife is opening Friday, a date that ties a decades-old record.

Lawyer says time spent on bail is penalty enough for cocaine trafficker

The lawyer for a Yellowknife woman found guilty of trafficking cocaine said the woman should be sentenced to time served even though she has not served any time in jail.

3 wildfires reported in Fort Liard area — yes, even in winter

'These fires can then pop back up in the spring when conditions warm up,' says the environment department. A local crew will likely extinguish the fires by Monday.

'The kids want to go skating': Lutselk'e arena closed for months because of black mould

People in Lutselk'e are frustrated after months of not being able to use the community arena because of black mould.

Former Nats'ejee K'eh treatment centre gets new lease on life as Dene wellness centre

K'atl'odeeche First Nation will offer wellness retreats, workshops and training programs out of the building. In fact, some workshops are already being offered.

Ribbon cut on Aurora College's $10M mine training centre

Federal and territorial officials cut the ribbon this week on a $10.4 million mine training facility at Aurora College.

Northwest Territories gov't considering 'domestic violence leave'

Employees in the Northwest Territories may soon be able to take leave from work if they are experiencing domestic violence.

Yellowknife residents join in country-wide protest for Indigenous rights

The protest which included about 30 people in Yellowknife was part of country-wide demonstrations by supporters of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation in British Columbia.

RCMP asking for help finding snowmobiler who reported himself lost

RCMP are asking for help finding Shawn Lafferty, 20, after receiving a phone call from him saying he was lost.

If you build it, will they come? N.W.T. gov't hopes hydro expansion will attract investment

A major expansion of the Taltson hydroelectric system will remain the stuff of dreams unless there is a power-hungry mining industry in the territory’s future.

$8.9M in funding announced for new Hay River fish plant

Hay River is getting a new fish plant, announced the territorial and federal governments today in the community.

Chamber of mines voices industry concerns to Yellowknife city council

The City of Yellowknife was updated on the state of the territory's mining industry during a Governance and Priorities Committee meeting on Monday afternoon.

2019 NWT Community Survey to include large housing component

The 2019 NWT Community Survey will ask residents about housing conditions, employment patterns, and education levels, among other things.

Yellowknife Women's Society pilots on-the-land camp for vulnerable women

A new healing camp for vulnerable women — some experiencing homelessness — is in the works in the N.W.T.

How a theoretical physicist is helping scientists understand how glaciers flow

While glaciers have been retreating or melting since the early 20th century, little is understood about exactly how large ice masses flow when in contact with bedrock.

Man charged with attempted murder in Yellowknife has history of violence, records show

Court records show that a man accused of attacking his estranged partner on Dec. 31 in Yellowknife has been in almost constant trouble with the law for more than two years.

N.W.T. francophone superintendent named to Canadian Top 10 list

The accolade was passed down by the Association de la presse Francophone who cited Careen’s persistence in rebuilding and opening the new Ecole Allain St-Cyr school as the reason she was given the honour.
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Remembering Bouge: CBC host reflects on friendship with man killed in Yellowknife fire

Andrew Debogorski, also known as Bouge, died in a house fire on Dec. 28 in Yellowknife. CBC North host Loren McGinnis says he was an incredible guy, who had confronted death 'deeply and deliberately.'

New Inuvik ballet classes allow kids 'to explore that creative side'

Kim Herle of Inuvik, N.W.T., said when she was five years old, she wanted to be a ballerina. So when she heard her colleague's five-year-old daughter had the same dream, she decided to do something about it.

Fort McPherson keeps tradition alive with all-night New Year's celebration

People in Fort McPherson, N.W.T., rang in 2019 with feasting, dancing, games, fireworks and a traditional walk.

Cambridge Bay exhibit to showcase the evolution of parkas

The Kitikmeot Heritage Society says the exhibit is about the evolution of parkas from pre-contact to today.

Inuvik's Sunrise Festival fireworks arrive in the nick of time

Every year, Inuvik residents look forward to the return of the sun, and with it, the town's annual fireworks show. However, weather conditions meant that this year, the celebration almost didn't happen.

N.W.T. unemployment rate hits 7.4 per cent to end 2018

The unemployment rate in the Northwest Territories rose to 7.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to data released by Statistics Canada on Friday.

Landa Aviation cancels flights between Hay River and Yellowknife

The company issued a press release saying it will no longer be offering flights between Hay River and Yellowknife starting Feb. 15.

Smith's Landing First Nation suing outspoken member for $600K

In court documents, the Smith Landing First Nation alleges a member said defamatory things and released confidential information. A counterclaim alleges harassment by the First Nation.

Michael McLeod named N.W.T. Liberal candidate in this fall's federal election

Liberal MP for the Northwest Territories Michael McLeod has been acclaimed as the party's candidate for the upcoming federal election, multiple sources have confirmed to CBC.

Magpies love Yellowknife, reveals Christmas bird count

Bird enthusiasts spotted a record-breaking number of magpies, according to the count’s compiler, Bob Bromley, who said the previous record was 80.

Former Inuvik ski coach Bjorger Pettersen dies at 76

Bjorger Pettersen trained skiers in the North who went on to compete in the Olympics.

5 dogs attacked by lynx in Inuvik since late November, says official

Lynx have attacked five dogs in Inuvik since late November, a trend a local wildlife officer calls surprising.

N.W.T. gov't threatens legal action over website alleging privacy breach

A former manager with the Northwest Territories government says he's been threatened with legal action after he published a website alleging a breach of personnel privacy at the government in 2014.

Yellowknife man who died in fire told his wife to save the baby first

Andrew Debogorski's wife Myriam and their two young children were safe following the house fire on Friday.

Fort Liard youth sentenced for manslaughter, sexual assault

A Fort Liard teenager who sexually assaulted a young girl and then left her to die has been sentenced to two years in jail and a year of probation. An expert testified the girl died from alcohol poisoning.

'We need something:' Yellowknife councillor calls for downtown business district

Last year, Twist and Shout, The Cellar, Bootlegger The Source and other stores and restaurants either closed or moved out of downtown because owners said it was too difficult to operate.

Yellowknife woman attacked on New Year's Eve, man charged with attempted murder

RCMP have charged Tariq St. Croix, 24, with attempted murder, break and enter, and breaches of his probation. The alleged victim was later released from Stanton Territorial Hospital.

Bridging the divide: Fort Smith RCMP bringing new Citizens on Patrol group to town

Sgt. Jesse Gilbert, with the Fort Smith RCMP detachment, has been working on getting the program up and running in the community for more than one year.

Test your northern knowledge with CBC North's 2018 news quiz

Did you follow CBC North closely this year? Test yourself with 21 questions about what made headlines across the North in 2018.

Employment program helps Yellowknife's homeless turn their lives around

Yellowknife's homelessness employment program has been helping people on the street gain work experience and turn their lives around.

RCMP issues cold-weather safety reminders after weekend search and rescue

The RCMP is reminding people to be safe while travelling in cold weather after performing a ground search and rescue over the weekend.

Here's where you can watch New Year's Eve fireworks in the North

There are events planned in Whitehorse, Iqaluit, Yellowknife and Hay River.

10 viral vids (and 3 honourable mentions) that sum up the North in 2018

From miracle huskies to bowhead whale hunts, amazing moments on video tell the story of CBC North’s year in 2018.

Former RCMP, daycare latest historical building to be demolished in Yellowknife

Built in 1947, the building served as an RCMP detachment until 1970, then it housed the YWCA before becoming a daycare.

N.W.T. tour operator torn away from 'Eden' after cancer diagnosis

For nearly half a century, Alex Hall made it his mission to bring people to one of Canada’s most remote remaining wilderness sanctuaries. This April, doctors told Hall he had one year to live.

Police investigate sudden death in Tulita

RCMP in Tulita, N.W.T., are investigating after a man was found dead Friday on a winter access road.

Yellowknife mother starts crafting business to pay for sick daughter's treatment

When Ruth MacNaughton's daughter Mikaela wakes up in the middle of the night, she picks her up to comfort her — and picks up a paintbrush to begin working on her crafts.

Yellowknife teacher transforms classroom into Hogwarts

Laura Bromley’s Harry Potter curriculum isn’t just literature — she’s using the novel to teach her students chemistry, physics, geography and even a little Latin.

Charles Fipke, co-discoverer of Ekati diamond deposit, joins Order of Canada

The geologist is known for his part in discovering a diamond deposit in the Northwest Territories.

'Yellowknife loves the Debogorskis': Man with ALS dies after fatal house fire

RCMP, the N.W.T.'s fire marshal and the coroner is investigating after a man with ALS died following a house fire in downtown Yellowknife.

Extreme cold warning issued for Behchoko, Whati and Wekweeti

Environment Canada wrote that if it’s 'too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.'

Got a Christmas tree to trash? Yellowknife's Odd Job Squad wants it

For many households, the largest piece of post-yuletide refuse is, of course, the tree. The Yellowknife Solid Waste Facility is accepting Christmas trees free of charge before Feb. 1, but city garbage collectors aren’t picking them up.

Sask. cannabis sales lag behind rest of the country

Saskatchewan's cannabis sales lagged far behind the rest of the country in the first two weeks of legalization, according to a report issued by Statistics Canada earlier this month.

Travelling school photographer 'brought to tears' watching northern kids grow up

Yearly school portraits bring together southern photographers like Katelyn Krueger and children in the North.
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Your North: CBC North's best reader photos of 2018

From Northern lights to northern life, 2018 was another incredible year for photos from our readers. Take a look at our top 10 of the year, plus 20 honourable mentions.

Space tech that feeds high-end diners in Toronto could help Canada's North

Academics and entrepreneurs believe Canadian technology developed to help feed future astronauts could be adapted for building large scale vertical farms in Canada's North. Advances in LEDs make these operations a possible cost effective solution to provide fresh local produce.

Town of Fort Smith employee dies in Alberta car accident

Anand Soochit started working for the town in September 2017 as the corporate services officer.

Cards with a cause: Paper Hugs project shows off talents of supportive living residents

What started with scrap paper and white glue three years ago has grown into a polished and modestly profitable greeting card business in Hay River.

Son trying to bring northern art back to Fort McPherson, N.W.T.

Feagan is looking to return a dog whip that was made by John Tetlichi about 63 years ago, but he's not yet sure if he's going to be able to part with his father's snowshoes, also made by Tetlichi.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Dec. 23

The holidays are upon us, and northerners are celebrating in their own unique way!

Artist creating 10-foot, metal giant as an ode to trappers in N.W.T.

He’s a 10-foot metal giant holding a trap in one hand in an eight-foot steel walking stick in the other. And he’s soon going to be greeting visitors to Enterprise, N.W.T., population 100.